It’s interesting how favorite foods can bring back happy memories and become family traditions. On a recent vacation to Michigan, we had a long-awaited family get together with more than 50 of us. The spread of home-cooked food did not disappoint—with many well-loved Polish recipes handed down from my mom and as always, including at least five pies.

Here in Bend, our family has made many of our favorite dishes a tradition. Every Christmas Eve is celebrated with my mother-in-law’s spinach soup recipe. Every camping trip to the coast is topped off with Pollo a la Crema around the campfire. Birthdays often include Banana Split Cake.

This issue showcases food and wine, from favorite dishes of local chefs, to Oregon-New Zealand wine comparisons, to festive Halloween drinks. Check out local celebrity Donna Britt’s favorite picks for the kitchen. And if you’re feeling like a road trip this fall, read about a u-pick excursion to a plentiful orchard in the Hood River Valley.   

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Jane Rial, Publisher